Linda Draper has a new album arising on the 21st of May entitled “Edgewise” and by all accounts it will be acoustic finger guitar bliss. Linda is a new artist to me but I’ve been hooked in when I heard to quiet intensity of the lead single when I found it online. You can listen to and download “Hollow” below. Wonderful production – so warm.
Mortar and Pestle have been on my radar since earlier this year and their latest single “Pristine Dream” confirms I’m excited for their new EP which comes out next Tuesday (7th May). You can listen to the lead single from the six track EP below:
Dead Can Dance have their live album from their reunion Anastasis tour ready for release on the 22nd April but you can stream it now from rolling stone. HPM will be reviewing the album once its arrived and HPM will also be going to the 2nd July date at The Roundhouse in London. Excitement is not the word!
Stream the album in full here
The Knife return with new song “Full of Fire” with a bizarre video to the equally unique song. As ever the duo never stop on a certain type of electronica and this is much more industrial than their previous works. The album Shaking The Habitual is out April.
I always am fascinated when composers release material that’s their own and not part of a game or a film. Penka Kouneva, best known to us for her work on Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands & Gears of War 3, is releasing her own album entitled “A Warriors Odyssey” which will feature 18 tracks seemingly telling their own tale.
Having heard a smattering of preview samples I can tell you the album is absolutely epic. It feels like a constant battle theme with massive orchestral soundscapes, electronic bleeps and blips and some wonderful electric guitar solos. This is very much in the same vein as her previous video game works and anyone who picked up those soundtracks would do well by picking up this when it comes out 2nd October.
Kara McGraw makes some wonderful piano/vocal based music and I absolutely admire her new album “The Hound & The Hare”. Like an old vinyl songs are divided between the two animal sides and each song is aligned to a charity. The proceeds of each song on certain weeks will go towards the charity associated with each song. You can also just buy the whole thing – very worth while as Kara’s an excellent musician – in a very similar vein to Vienna Teng. Check out the album and grab the two free tracks at least from her website.
Charlotte Martin returns next month with a CD/DVD album entitled “Hidden Places”. You can hear the track Mission Control here. My winner of best album in 2011 may well have it 2 years running…
New album May 15th then?
Module (Shatter OST) is returning with a new album away from games. Entitled Imagineering, it’s due out in March. Here’s a sample below.
Whoever said gaming doesn’t pay once again loses today as Activision and CoD MW3 composer Brian Tyler will be giving all proceeds to a non-profit public fund entitled The Call of Duty Endowment.
The Call of Duty Endowment has been set up to help war veterans return back to normal life once they return home, getting back to work and helping set up their lives again. Having a friend that has not long returned home himself from Iraq, it’s fantastic to know that such a cause is out there and since they’ve provided such an excellent service to lay their lives on the line, gamers are giving back in a small way.
Brian Tyler himself has composed for films such as The Expendables and the 20 track soundtrack is available to buy now online.
Sumthing Else will be distributing soundtracks for both Deux Ex Human Revolution and LOTR: War of the North.
Deux Ex is composed by Michael McCann from Splinter Cell Double Agent fame and the soundtracks been weaved from combining fifty of the musical compositions he’s created into 25 tracks. A lot of people will remember the trailers impact and so this will be an anticipated release both on CD and digital format on 15th November.
Inon Zur returns from his Dragon Age soundtracks for another sweeping soundscape for Lord of the Rings War of the North. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra he’ll be weaving his usual magic for the soundtrack which comes out on 1st November.
Kate Bush returns with the fantastic single “Wild Man” from the upcoming album “50 Words for Snow” and despite being a Christmas album of sorts, there’s only some sleigh bells for about three seconds. Instead with have a sultry Kate’s hushed tones purring over a flickering guitar string and a joyously loose chorus full of vocal delights. A real surprise in the best way. 2011 sure has had some fantastic new music! The single is out today.
We love OverClocked Remix and their dedication to VGM. This new collection is inspired from the game Super Dodge Ball and is entitled “Super Dodge Ball: Around the World”. The free album contains tracks from all the different locations you can play in the series from… you guessed it around the world. All genres of music are catered for and it’s the usual epic high standard. Grab the album here. The trailer is below!
The Kyd’s certainly got it. Jesper returns again for the new Assassin’s Creed game subtitled Revelations. Jesper’s previous scores for the series have garned a collection of awards and we here personally loved the music when it was in full flow. Judging by the press releases it looks like more of the same so that can’t be a bad thing at all. The game itself comes out November with the soundtrack expected to follow shortly after.
Bring me the Greek instruments!
Gregory Douglass is to release a new digital album for Christmas. “Remixed” is a revisiting album, going back over older tracks, redoing them, revamping and revising. Most exciting is that the tracks are up for debate so pop over to his website and submit your requests. Remixed is due December.
This is “Cruel” from the new album “Strange Mercy” which came out this week. St Vincent’s sure on a winner with this twisted track (and twisted video)
Kate Bush is going to be releasing a new album full of new material! Going from one extreme to the other, we have our second album this year. Entitled “50 words for Snow” the album will contain seven tracks yet span over an hour. Looks like epic tracks are on the horizons. Interestingly it’s to be set to a background of falling snow. This is due to be released on 21st November! The tracklisting is below:
Snowed in at Wheeler Street
50 Words for Snow
I do love OCR. They simply make fantastic productions time and time again. This latest release today is entitled “Mega Man 9: Black in Blue” and celebrates the series’ return to its retro roots by rearranging its soundtrack into a variety of styles from a collection of OCR’s finest. Pop over to their website and grab yourself another slice of arranged excellence.
Sarah Slean has been posting video clips of the making of her new album Land and Sea, due on 27th September. Here’s a preview to “Life”, Sarah’s favourite song on the album